A former Sharon man jailed for sex offenses has lost an appeal.

Brian S. Trowbridge, 33, who is serving his time in Coal Township in the northeastern part of the state, was convicted by a jury in November 2004 of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. The assaults began in 2002 when the girl was 13 and continued over two years, police said.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Francis J. Fornelli gave Trowbridge consecutive sentences for four of the crimes for a total of 9 1/2 to 20 years in prison.

Trowbridge appealed the sentence, arguing he should have received concurrent sentences, which could have reduced his time in jail, because the charges “were the result of a similar course of conduct.”

A three-judge panel of Superior Court, ruling Wednesday, said Fornelli properly explained that each offense for which Trowbridge was sentenced was for a separate act which occurred at different times.

Trowbridge also claimed the sentence was not tailored to his needs for rehabilitation as he suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts.

Superior Court said Fornelli knew about Trowbridge’s medical problems and considered them in the sentence.

Trowbridge also said the sentence was excessive, even though it was within the standard range of sentencing guidelines.

The court said Trowbridge failed to articulate why he thought the sentence was excessive, limiting his claim to a “bald assertion.”

Fornelli properly considered Trowbridge’s age, criminal history, mental health problems, potential for rehabilitation and other factors, the court said.

“It is clear from the record that the trial court fashioned a sentence individualized to Appellant,” Superior Court said.

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